In the 1st quarter 2022, trading turnover in ETFs on the Swiss Exchange reached CHF 34,992 million (20,691 million vs. Q4); sustainable ETFs are still on the rise. This is shown in the latest edition of the ETF Market Report.

The markets are characterized by strong uncertainties: the Russia-Ukraine conflict, rising inflation, and concerns about the planned interest rate hike by the US Federal Reserve. It is not surprising that, in view of the aforementioned conflict, the energy sector in the USA remains the best performing sector with a gain of 39.03%, driven by concerns about oil supply. The Swiss stock market is also feeling the uncertainty: the performance achieved was in the broad midfield - the financial and healthcare sectors held up best.

However, the uncertainties had no impact on the ETF market, even the opposite: the number of trades at the end of Q1 was 5.00% higher than the high level of the same quarter last year. Moreover, the turnover of CHF 34.99 billion already represented a percentage of 43.98% of the full year 2021.

New ETFs: Even More Choice for Investors

Between January and March, 35 new ETFs were listed on SIX Swiss Exchange - the focus remains on sustainability. As of the end of March, 1,596 ETFs were available to investors on SIX Swiss Exchange.

Total turnover in the first quarter was 69.10% higher than in the previous quarter and 49.11% higher than in the previous year. In addition, all asset classes increased their turnover compared to the previous quarter.

Among ETFs, the equity asset class dominated (76.51% share of total turnover), followed by commodities (15.88% share of total turnover), which saw large price increases due to the Ukraine conflict.

In addition to detailed statistics on the ETF segment of SIX Swiss Exchange, the latest market report also includes an interview with Andreas Zingg, Managing Officer at Vanguard Investments Switzerland GmbH. He talks about what changes he is observing in the ETF market, what issues are shaping the ETF segment at the moment and where the journey is headed.

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